Review: 2022 Honda Civic FE - From Jekyll to Hyde, a family sedan / driver's car that caters for every mood

Arvind · Aug 22, 2022 09:51 AM

Current prices, inclusive of SST are as follows: 

  • 1.5 E: RM 130,700
  • 1.5 V: RM 143,700
  • 1.5 RS: RM 150,700

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Just to recap, the 2022 Civic is offered in three variants, all of which are powered by the familiar 1.5-litre VTEC turbo engine, now discharging 182 PS and 240 Nm.

That’s a 9 PS / 20 Nm bump from the FC, giving our FE bragging rights as the most powerful in ASEAN, above the Thai-spec car's output of 178 PS and 240 Nm.

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The 2022 Civic V and RS variants are offered with a drive mode selector to suit your driving mood

Power is sent to the front wheels through a CVT-type automatic, carried over from before, albeit with tweaks that have improved response and drivability. 

Also read: Honda Civic Hybrid (FE4) to be launched in Singapore in 2023, could Malaysians get it?

Here's how the variants stack up: 

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Also read: Review: 2022 Honda Civic RS (FE) - If there were ever a perfect car for Malaysians, this is it

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In addition to exterior styling bits, the1.5 RS gets aluminium pedals and red stitching around the steering and centre armrest

As for the standard fit Honda Sensing, the ADAS suite has been updated for the 2022 Civic. The system does away with the radar in favour of a camera-only setup.

This is mainly due to the upgraded front monocular camera which has an approximately 100° field-of-view, up from 50° in the FC.

Features in the Civic FE’s Sensing suite are as follows:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • Low-Speed Follow (LSF)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
  • Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS)
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
  • Auto High Beam (AHB)
  • Lead Car Departure Notification (LCDN, only on RS)

LCDN basically alerts the driver via audiovisual cues that the car in front has moved, useful in standstill traffic.

Also read: Closer look at the 2022 Honda Civic e:HEV that we want, but can't have yet

Arvind

Senior Writer

Arvind can't remember a time when he didn't wheel around a HotWheels car. This love evolved into an interest in Tamiya and RC cars and finally the real deal 1:1 scale stuff. Passion finally lead to formal training in Mechanical Engineering. Instead of the bigger picture, he obsesses with the final drive ratio and spring rates of cars and spends the weekends wondering why a Perodua Myvi is so fast.

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